📚 May Wrap-Up! 📚

Hey everybody, it’s the last day of May, the year is flying by so quickly. So I decided to do a wrap-up, for not only the books I read in May but also my blog.


Reads

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I started off May with A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, I really enjoyed it, my review is up now, but a while after having read the book, I can definitely tell that there are things that I really enjoyed in A Court of Wings and Ruin, that she kind of messed up in ACoFaS, but either way, I gave it 4 stars.

Then, I started Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I read the first half of the series in like a week. It’s addicting, it’s really good, it’s so unputdownable. My review for Vampire Academy is already up, but I don’t have them up yet for Frostbite or Shadow Kiss. I started the fourth book, Blood Promise, but had to put it down because I was slowly getting into a book slump. The fourth book is a lot more depressing than the other books, and I was so used to the series being a bit more happy, that I wasn’t feeling it.

So, in attempt to combat my reading slump, I picked up Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. I didn’t even find this book through BookTube or Goodreads or Book Blogs, I found it on the front page of my local bookstores website. And, just by the cover, it felt like it was super up my alley, and it truly was. I loved everything about Now a Major Motion Picture, the romance, the character development, the Irish setting. It was so amazing.

So all in all, I read 5 books in the month of May, it’s really impressing especially since I had exams/tests every week. I honestly have no idea how I managed to read 5 books, but I did, so all’s good. I hope the year continues for me like this that I’m able to read 5 books per month, but we’ll just have to see.


Blog

This month, for the first time I ever, I posted every single week day. I didn’t post on the weekends, but for five weeks, I was able to consistently post between Mo-Fri. I posted my reviews for A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I also uploaded a number of tags, always updated you guys on what I’m currently reading on WWW Wednesday, and posted my random posts Thursdays & Fridays, and you can find all of my May posts right here.


So that’s my May Wrap-Up, it’s extremely successful if I do say so myself, I’m incredibly proud of myself for finding the time to blog and not half-assing it, and being generally proud of what I post. Thank you for reading my wrap-up. 🤗🤗

WWW Wednesday: May 30th, 2018

Hey everybody, I’m back with another WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I was reading Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but I don’t have Obsidio yet, so I’m going to wait a little bit longer before I continue with the series. But, I do have Lord of Shadows and I finally want to be up to date in the Cassandra Clare universe, I’ve been behind for the past two years and I just want to look at fan art already.

Recently Finished: I just finished Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy and I absolutely loved it. It gave me a lot of Fangirl feels and it made me so happy and I recommend it to everyone who wants a fluffy summer read.

Next Read: I have no idea what my next read will be since I’m very undecided, maybe Gemina, maybe I’ll start Shatter Me, I don’t know yet.

I just had my last test, I still have an exam on Monday, but I am so happy that the school year is nearly over. 🤗🤗

🏷 The Cheesy Goodness Tag 🏷

I found this tag over on Kathy @ Books & Muches blog, and I have a newfound love for cheese so I just knew I had to do the tag when I found it.

RULES

  1. Pingback the original creator (Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books) so she can see all your cheesy goodness answers
  2. Pingback the person who tagged you (as per usual)
  3. Have fun!

CHEDDAR

THE TRADITIONAL CHEESE: Name your favorite classic novel

A tale of two cities

I have never read a classic, so I’m going to tell you the one classic that I own and actually want to read: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I actually technically do not own this, because my mom did buy it for me for Christmas, I was with her, she just lost the copy and it’s somewhere in the apartment but no one knows where. 😂😂

SWISS

THE HOLE-Y CHEESE: Name an emotional roller-coaster

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was such an emotional roller-coaster because there’s just so much happening, and it’s impossible to keep up. I was laughing, my heart was racing, there were times when I came close to crying. It was such a strong start to a series and I honestly can’t wait to see where it will go.

BLUE CHEESE

THE CONTROVERSIAL CHEESE: Name an unpopular book opinion you have

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I hate The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

BRIE

THE FAVORITE CHEESE: Name an author you always want more of

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I can never get enough of Rainbow Rowell and she hasn’t published anything for a hot minute now, but I am highly anticipating her return. I can’t wait.

GOUDA

THE DUTCH CHEESE: Name a book that makes you want to travel

Love and gelato

Love & Gelato makes me want to travel so badly to Italy. I loved it the most because the main character, Lina, travels to Italy for the first time and it was a new experience for her, and all I want to do now is go to Italy.

AMERICAN

THE FAKE CHEESE: Name your least favorite book/ A book you love to hate on

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I honestly love to hate on The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I didn’t enjoy anything about that book and the only thing that I regret when it comes to that book, besides actually having read it, is that I didn’t write a rant review. I mean, I didn’t have a book blog back then, but still.

COLBY JACK

THE MIXED CHEESE: Name your favorite ship

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This is hard, because I jump on board of a lot of ships very easily, but I have to say all of the relationships in The Lunar Chronicles. My personal favorite is Scarlet and Wolf, but I love all of them. I really love The Lunar Chronicles, I honestly miss it.

MOZZARELLA

THE SIMPLE CHEESE: Name an old favorite you’ll never stop loving

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Everytime I think about it I get so warm and fuzzy inside and I’m always so happy when it comes to Fangirl. I reread that book every year, I just love it to bits and pieces.

PEPPERJACK

THE SPICY CHEESE: Name a book you can’t judge by its cover 

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You might look at the cover of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and see the pretty font and the rainbow and be like, oh of course it’s just a nice fluffy contemporary. It really is not, it’s super depressing. I really enjoyed it btw I read it like two years ago, it is super good, but again, very depressing.

MUENASTER

THE MONSTER CHEESE: Name a villain that you wish never had the joy of eating cheese again

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This year is truly the year of unpopular opinions for me, because although I 100% loved the Grisha trilogy, I hate the Darkling. He’s a very good villain and everything, but I see people hardcore shipping him with Alina and I’m like ???

This tag was really fun, and if you liked it, please give it a go aswell if you enjoyed it or if you are enjoyer of cheese. 🤗🤗

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: January 2nd 2007

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . . 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

Wow, I have a lot of thoughts on this book, who would have thought? I have a lot of positive and negative things to say, so let’s just dive right in.

Starting this book, I need to say, I knew it wasn’t of quality. It is filled with tropes and cliches and some parts were just downright cringey, but going into it, I knew it was going to be a little bit trashy, so I was expecting it.

One of the parts which I just wasn’t expecting was how utterly dramatic it is. Reading the drama they go through at school, it reminded me of watching Gossip Girl or watching Mean Girls, but I was honestly living for it. I was hardcore sipping that tea and I loved it. Sometimes it was a bit much, but it was really enjoyable.

Rose was just so annoying. I get it that she’s looking out for Lissa and everything, but she’s literally telling Lissa what she can and cannot do. And that just annoyed me so much how utterly controlling she was over Lissa. It somehow annoyed me to the point where I nearly DNF’d the book. I don’t know what made me change my mind, but ultimately I’m glad that I stuck it through.

For me, the story without a doubt gets 5 stars. The amount of foreshadowing that is in this book, is incredible. Like the littlest of details are important later in the book, Richelle Mead obviously followed Chekov’s gun plot tip. She created a lot of vampire species, with Strigoi and Moroi and what not, and even though there are so many, you can easily follow who’s who and what’s what. I actually wasn’t as confused as I thought I would be, it’s amazingly easy to follow.

I really enjoyed this book, it was super addicting and I couldn’t put it down. It’s interesting, it’s dramatic, it’s the perfect guilty pleasure series and it would definitely get someone out of their reading slump. I recommend this book to someone who isn’t looking for the highest of literature, but something still insanely entertaining with great world building.  🤗🤗

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My favorite part is always the spoilery bit. So, let’s get into this. I know the ‘relationship’ between Rose and Dimitri was super trope filled, but it didn’t feel forced, and I was living for their sexual tension. I loved it when Rose finally realized she had this huge crush on Dimitri and instead of being like: ‘omg I have to get over it’ she fully accepted it she was all like: ‘yes boy now I have my training lesson with my hot ass mentor’ I was living for it. Omg when Victor gave them that necklace, I could not with my life.

I love Christian and Lissa together so fucking much. I love how he’s actually a brooding bad boy with a legit dramatic back story. I mean, nothing get’s more dramatic than both of your parents being Strigoi and seeing them be killed in front of you. From like point one, Lissa felt comfortable around Christian, and Christian knew her so well, and when he set that idiot on fire for her, that was the good shit. My favorite moment was at the end of the book when she gives up her whole act of being this perfect princess girl and just holds hand with the social pariah.

The biggest drama queen of this book is Mia. Jesus Christ, Lissa’s brother literally fucks her over once and she literally makes all hell break loose. I mean, the fact that she would sleep with two people just to get her will against one single person while she’s in a relationship, insane.

Another thing that’s insane? Victor. Natalie. Both of them. I think Victor was just scared of death and he took it to extremes. Like seriously, he took it waaaay too fucking far. And I felt so bad for Natalie. Yeah, she did bad things and there is no way that those could ever be excused, but she just wanted her own father to notice her. She just wanted Victor to love her, and she would have done anything. Which she did. She fucking turned into a Strigoi. I could not believe it when that happened, it’s always the ones you expect it the least from.

I am so excited for the next book in this series, I really want to see where the story goes since I just cannot get enough of it right now. It’s soooo good and addicting. 🤗🤗

 

📅 Book Series I Want To Finish This Year 📅

Hello Yellows, May is nearly over, the year is going by really quickly, and I realized I started a lot of series, but I really want to finish some too. I’m feeling pretty confident about my reading so far, and even though I do have a lot coming up this year, I feel like maybe I can do it?

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The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

I recently read Lady Midnight in March, and I really want to continue the series, especially since I do want to be up to date when the finale comes out in December. I finally want to look up fanart but I can’t because something happens in Lord of Shadows that’s apparently shocking, I don’t know yet. Plus, I recently discovered Book Confession Instagram pages, and they talk about TDA a lot, so I need to be in the know.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I only just read the first book in April, but it was so good. I really want to see how they’re going to continue the series, I’m excited for some new characters, and again, I want to look at fan art.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve read the first two books in this series, and I’ve absolutely loved both of them, and I really want to continue to find out what happens, the spoilers are way to risky with this series, everyone talks about it. I already got spoiled for something, and again, I want to look at fan art.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

As you’re reading this, I’m currently reading the 5th book and trying to finish it before the month ends. Really hard, I know, but I’m gonna try. Plus, my friends all have already finished the series, and I also want to know what happens at the end because they’re pretty upset with it, and after reading the third part, I really need to know what happens.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The finale is coming out in October, it is happening. It’s release date is exactly at the time where I have a week off school for autumn break and I honestly cannot believe the series is coming to an end. I need to get ready for tears.

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The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

I’ve read the first book, the Kiss of Deception, 3 years ago in 2015, and I really liked it. Plus, the main character kind of shares my name, which just never happens. People say that the series keeps getting better and better so I can’t wait to pick it up.

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

I really liked the first book when I read it 2 years ago, and I want to see where this series goes, especially since an unexpected fourth part came out? Maybe not unexpected for others, I just had no idea about it until I saw it in the store.

So these are the series I really want to finish in 2018 or just generally want to finish. I might post something about series I want to start, but let’s just see. I hope you all liked my post, and let me know which series you think I should continue first. 🤗🤗

 

SOS: Help Me Find More Book Blogs!

Hey everybody!

I’m back today with a super random post asking you to help me find more book blogs! I follow multiple book blogs but I feel like I could follow more and that I’m missing out. So please write in the comments your favorite book bloggers, or give yourself a shout out.

The only things I’m really looking for is preferably a YA book blog that uploads frequently.

Thanks for the help!

WWW Wednesday: May 23rd, 2018

Hey everybody, I’m back with another WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I am currently reading two books. I’m reading Blood Promise by Richelle Mead, the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series, but I kind of put that one on the back burner. The series is really depressing right now actually, ever since something happened to one of the characters. I will definitely continue, but I need a tiny break from the series for a little bit.

So, I’m also currently reading Now A Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. I really really like this book so far, it’s such a light hearted read, which I really need after Blood Promise. The setting is great and it makes my heart happy, I just haven’t read a contemporary in so long. Plus, it takes place in Ireland!

Recently Finished: I haven’t finished anything since last week when I finished Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. I had a tiny book slump for a second there, that’s why I picked up a contemporary.

Next Read: I think my next read will definitely be Blood Promise, but at the same time I don’t know if I’m quite ready for it yet so maybe I’ll read another contemporary or I’ll start Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff. 🤷🤷

That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week, reading hasn’t been the best if I’m being completely honest but I have been super busy and I’m just glad that I was able to combat the tiny book slump that is currently heading my way. 🤗🤗